New Dystopian Fiction

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 As I was preparing for the presentation at the ITEM Conference I was reading many new speculative teen fiction. These are three of my favorite Dystopian/Science Fiction titles that I came across and… Continue reading

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

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With the first snowfall upon us this year it’s hard not to revert back to those days as a child- bouncing up and down, excited to get outside and jump into new piles… Continue reading

Review-Tetris: The Games People Play

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Tetris: The Games People Play by Box Brown. 9781626723153. 2016. Gr 9-12. Tetris, on its surface, is a very simple game. Blocks made up of four cubes are rotated and stacked to fit… Continue reading

I…Robot?

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Recently, I have been fascinated by the television show “Westworld”, which describes a future world where robotics & artificial intelligence have advanced to the point of making the cybernetic beings indistinguishable from the… Continue reading

Real Stories about Real Girls: A Guest Post by Siobhan Vivian

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Why do you write? What drives you to create the stories you do? Last month, the National Council of Teachers of English held a day of celebration of writing in which they asked… Continue reading

Exploring Immigration

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Immigrant. Refugee. Migrant. If you follow current events, you hear these words a lot.  But perhaps we don’t stop to think about them.  Francesca Sanna writes in the author’s note of her picture… Continue reading

Imagination in Picture Books

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  Imagination is such a great skill for kids to practice. When kids are imagining themselves as different people, in different situations, or anything else, this is not just frivolous play. It is… Continue reading

New Middle School Graphic Novels

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I have always enjoyed reading graphic novels since I was in elementary school when my Dad first introduced me into the world of Marvel. I have recently found a few graphic novels from… Continue reading

Teaching Picture Books in MS/HS

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As someone who has only taught secondary education, I can’t help but see every book through that middle school/high school lens…even picture books. And, oh how fun it is! As an adult, I… Continue reading

Graphic Novel Adventures for Elementary Grades

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I loved reading comic books as a child, and I enjoy graphic novels now, but I usually don’t have the time to read all the novels and nonfiction that I want to, much… Continue reading